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"Infinite Confusion": Review of Everything and More: A Compact History ofInfinity by David Foster Wallace. Reviewed by Rudy Rucker.Science, 16 January 2004,pages 313-314.

Rucker, author of two books on infinity and a member of the Department ofComputer Science at San Jose State University, did not likethe book one bit. His opinion is best summed up in the first paragraph ofthe review: "I fully expected to enjoy Everything and More. But it's a trainwreck of a book, a disaster. Nonmathematicians will findEverything and More unreadable, and mathematicians will view it with,at best, sardonic amusement. Crippling errors abound."

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--- Mike Breen